Patriotism is reason to join

  • warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 933.
  • warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 908.
  • warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 933.
  • user warning: You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'FROM twitter twitter LIMIT 0, 5' at line 2 query: SELECT FROM twitter twitter LIMIT 0, 5 in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 810.

Chesterfield men lined up to enroll in the armed services at Chesterfield registration points on Feb. 16, 1942 in anticipation of a gigantic draft lottery that would be held a month later. Men of ages 21 to 45 wanted to chose the branch of service in which they would serve after the United States had been drawn into World War II in the wake of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
The call for troops was so heavy by the summer of 1942 that draft offices in the county stayed open on July 4. By December, even teenagers were included in the draft.

At the same time, the Chesterfield clerk’s office was swamped with applications for marriage licenses and county residents began dealing with how to handle ration coupons. According to Chesterfield: An Old Virginia County, tires, automobiles and, finally, gasoline were among the earliest items to be rationed. Before the end of the year butter, sugar, beef, cheap clothes, leather goods, kitchen untentils, paper and other commodities joined the list.

Car pooling became a necessity for those working at Dupont and the Bellwood Depot, now Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR) and other large employers in the county. The companies formed clubs to help solve the transportaion crisis. And, getting to work took longer with the maximum war-time speed limit posted at 35 miles an hour. This week was the beginning of the war for many in Chesterfield.


Post new comment

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.